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Medicine Hunter Discusses Herbal Tea That Decreases Body Fat

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Three cups a day of Yerba mate tea recommended for weight loss.

Here’s the latest on a popular herbal tea as discussed by a “Medicine Hunter” on how it decreases body fat.


According to a recent Fox News report, a popular herbal tea from the Amazon is believed to alleviate fatigue, suppress appetite, stimulate the body and mind, and boost metabolism―all of which leads to weight loss.

Reportedly, there is some scientific backing behind this herbal tea weight loss claim from a single study published last year in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine where 30 South Korean study participants with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 actually decreased their BMI to 30 in just 12 weeks by taking an extract of the herbal tea three times daily. A control group that was given a placebo remained unchanged.

So what is this miraculous herbal tea? Yerba mate―an Amazonian caffeine-containing plant used to create a stimulating tea that can be found in many brands of energy drinks marketed in the U.S. today. Here is a Fox News video where “Medicine Hunter” Chris Kilham discusses why Yerba mate tea might make a difference in your weight loss and dieting efforts.

Herbal Tea That Decreases Body Fat

Yerba Mate Tea’s Potential Property Benefits

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While the mechanism of action of Yerba mate tea is not clearly identified, the following properties are believed to be involved in its benefit as a weight loss tea:

• It’s mildly diuretic, which decreases water retention in the body.

• Contains a significant amount of caffeine, which is a stimulant and also has diuretic properties.

• Contains chlorogenic acids, which are associated with inhibiting fat gain, controlling blood glucose, increasing metabolism and offers potent antioxidant protection.

While Yerba mate can be consumed in a large number of commercial beverages―many of which likely contain a significant amount of sugar or artificial sweeteners―Mr. Kilham advises dieters to try drinking it brewed from its natural leaves as a tea three times daily for reaping its potential weight loss benefits.

For more about Yerba mate tea, here’s an interesting article about research that associates some forms of cancer with drinking Yerba mate tea. In addition, here’s how Coffee Can Cause Cancer contingent on one condition say scientists.

Reference: Fox Health news “Could this South American plant hold the key to weight loss?”